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New NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplement

Ivana embarks on an ambitious honors capstone project with NSF funding

CPERL is excited to share that we secured funding through a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supplement to enhance one of three aims of our project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)! This supplement will strengthen one of the goals of the original project, which included exploring how Natural Language Processing (NLP) can be used to classify information about caregiver strategies for supporting young children's participation for potential use in an early intervention service planning context.

The supplement will fund two honors undergraduates, one in computer science and the other being our team member, Ivana Lucero, whose honors capstone project is embedded within the scope of the funded NSF supplement. Ivana's capstone expands upon a growing body of research undertaken by lab members to manually classify caregiver strategies within different populations and service contexts (early intervention, pediatric critical care, early childhood) to facilitate young children's participation outcomes. She is courageously undertaking manual classification of nearly 4,000 strategies for her capstone project and will fulfill her capstone requirements through her final Fall 2023 semester with a final paper and poster presentation. Stay tuned!